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Apprentice Upholstery Sewing Machinist SOUTHWEST UPHOLSTERY LIMITED

An enthusiastic Apprentice to join our Sewing and Cutting team. The successful candidate will be trained in all aspects of Upholstery Sewing through WEBS structured training programme as well as on the job training. You will learn practical hands on skills and techniques to produce different types of soft furnishings.

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Closing date: 31 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £192.40 to £380.00

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 7.00am - 4.00pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    04 Aug 2022

  • Date posted

    24 Nov 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC001795551

  • Positions

    1 available

Duties of a Sewer and Cutter could include:

  • Filling cushions using fibre, foam and feathers
  • Working with a large range of materials including fabrics and leathers
  • Cutting various materials for ready for upholstery
  • Patten matching fabrics within tolerance
  • Using a range of trimmings and finishing’s including buttons, facings, piping and decorative studs
  • Using traditional methods such as slip stitch, tacking and hand sewing
  • Use a range of hand tools including scissors, shears, staple lifter
  • Cutting materials with templates
  • Working on Sewing Machines and Cutting Machines
  • Sewing fabrics ready for upholstery
  • Good housekeeping and general labouring duties
  • Good organisation workloads ready production
  • Checking and ordering new stock, managing storage of stock
  • Working as part of a team on piece work production
  • Working independently, using your own initiative

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Skills required to becoming an Sewer:

  • Be able to adjust to working on different designs and models of soft furnishings
  • Basic numeracy skills
  • An excellent eye for detail
  • Being able to work within a factory environment
  • The ability to meet targets and deadlines

Personal qualities

  • Excellent attitude
  • Be punctual
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Being able to work confidently under pressure

Desired qualifications

  • None required, however the successful candidate will work towards their Functional Skills in both Maths and English if they have not achieved prior or have an equivalent

Future prospects

Progression Opportunities:

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Modern Upholstery, traditional Upholstery, Supervision or Furniture design and Prototyping
  • Progression within the organisation to include more responsibility and wider range of production work

About the employer

Our business is a real family affair started in Bristol by three generations of the Ball family in Grandad John’s garden shed.

John, Andy & Ryan all worked together undertaking seating repairs and recovering for buses and coaches. In the early days this was part time work on evenings and weekends alongside John and Andy’s regular jobs but Ryan had a burning passion for business from a young age and so took the plunge to take on the business full time and learn the trade alongside his Grandad, driving it forward from our garden shed to what we are today.

Employer

SOUTHWEST UPHOLSTERY LIMITED

Address

Unit 7

Bristol

BS3 5QY

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Training

Training provider

WEBS TRAINING LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Webs Training Ltd

Contact

Emma Dougan 01159677771 e.dougan@webstraining.com

Furniture Manufacturer Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:

  • During your apprenticeship programme you will receive training both off and on the job. You will be required to attend WEBS Training on Block release basis which is five times per year for a week at a time, the rest of the time you will be within the work place. You will learn the underpinning knowledge that runs alongside your practical elements of the training. You will use a wide range of techniques whilst you complete a practical project
  • WEBS Training aim to build on the skills you already have so you reach your full potential both personally and professionally
  • Training will be provided in all areas of Sewing and Cutting to ensure you are capable of creating practical and bespoke soft furnishings using both traditional and modern techniques and materials to produce aesthetically pleasing and fit for purpose products
  • If you have already achieved GCSE maths and English at Grade 4/C or above or have equivalent qualification you will be exempt from undertaking Functional Skills, however English and maths support will be provided for all apprentices throughout the length of their programme

Apprenticeship standard

Furniture manufacturer

Level 2 (GCSE)


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